Columbine, or Columbian flower, (aquilegia vulgaris), seems to be used more frequently than many other flowers. Possibly this may be owing to the fact that it was the badge of the House of LANCASTER. It occurs in one of the London insignia. The ancient and heraldic method of drawing is shewn in the margin, but in modern times it has been drawn as shewn below, in the arms of HALL, Bishop of Oxford. The fr. ancolie is borne by the family of BACONEL, Picardie, while the allied campanule is borne by that of HESPEL, Artois,
Argent, a chevron sable between three columbines azure slipped proper--COVENTRY, Lord Mayor of London, 1425.
Argent, a chevron between three columbines pendent azure, barbed gules, slipped vert--TIMOTHY HALL, Bishop of Oxford, 1688-90.
Argent, a chevron engrailed gules between three columbines proper, stalked and leaved vert--COOKS' Company, incorporated 1472.
Sable, a bend argent between three columbines of the second--WALSHE, Norfolk.
Argent, a saltire chequey or and azure between four columbines proper--COLLINGBORNE, Devon.
Or, on a bend azure three buckles of the first, in chief a Columbian flower slipped proper--STIRLING, Dundee.
Or, three columbines buds vert--CADMAN.
Argent, two columbine slips crossed and drooping proper, flowered purple--BESSELL.
Or, a chevron sable between three columbines azure--CHEPMERDEN.